Press Release, April 22, 2001
Contemporary Art Society of the Tucson Museum of Art

An Afternoon with Audrey Flack

Audrey Flack began as an Abstract Expressionist, but quickly developed a style called Photo-Realism that catapulted her onto America's art scene and into the public eye. She was the first Photo-Realist to have a work of art purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and is the only Photo-Realist to be included in the collections of New York's four major museums.

Flack recently received international notice when her commission for a statue of the Borough of Queen's namesake, Queen Catherine of Portugal, made headlines in the New York Times. It seems this $2 million; five stories high, bejeweled bronze statue has been caught in political controversy. It is currently one of the most important cases in the "Visual Artists Rights Act."

Born in 1931 in New York City, Flack holds a graduate degree and an honorary doctorate from Cooper Union in New York City, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. She attended New York University's Institute of Fine Arts where she studied the history of art. She has taught and lectured both nationally and internationally and has been the author of a number of books and articles.

In recent years Flack has worked primarily as a sculptor, becoming known for mythic female figures of Amazonian proportions. It was her desire to create "substantial touchable art" that led her to work in bronze sculptures. Much of this new work is large, finely detailed and made for public display. Flack creates her works based upon classical themes but then gives them her own unique contemporary twist.
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